Woltering Family Portraits!

I'm so excited to share photos from a recent family shoot I did with the adorable Woltering family!  This is such a special portrait session for me because Astrid (the gorgeous mamacita in the pale pink skirt) is a dear photographer friend of mine.  She's one of the kindest, most hilarious, no-nonsense and talented gals I know and I'm so lucky to call her my friend.  Her husband and daughter are just as adorable as she is, and with a new Woltering on the way in just a few short months, I leapt at the opportunity to photograph all of them together! Astrid, Chris and Charlotte were such a joy to photograph.  Charlotte is one of the cutest, most energetic toddlers around and is officially obsessed with picking flowers, hugging/kissing trees and running everywhere instead of taking photos!  However, she did a fantastic job of interacting with her mom and dad (and even hammed it up for a few photographs in between her activities!).  My favorite photos are definitely of the these three laughing and loving on one another.  I love this family to pieces and cannot wait for the next baby Woltering to come along!

Thank you Astrid, Chris and Charlotte for spending an evening with me and letting me photograph your beautiful faces!  Love you to the moon and back!

Just a little ice cream before glamming it up for the shoot, duh.  :D








Credit to Astrid for this next photo!





















This next photo looks cute, but really, Charlotte was having a meltdown:


Credit to Astrid for grabbing the camera from me to document the meltdown.  I know Charlotte's crying, but she's just so cute!


Aaaaand loungefest after the shoot.  Love it!

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Jessica, Brian and Saniya's Family Engagement Session at the National Zoo and Cathedral!

When I first met with Jessica, I was incredibly excited about the idea of working with she and her fiancé, Brian.  They're a very sweet, laid-back couple, who dress crazy well and have a ton of personality!  Jessica mentioned in our meeting that if we were going to do an engagement session, it would most definitely include Saniya, Brian's daughter.  For me, I thought this was an awesome direction to take an engagement session.  Sure, I'd snap a few of Jessica and Brian by themselves, but I absolutely loved the idea of including Saniya and having that family dynamic in their engagement photos.  I promise you, it made these photos even better! We started our session out at the National Zoo, because Jessica and Brian had indicated the three of them went their at Christmastime and had a blast.  I thought it was a fabulous idea and off we went traipsing about the zoo!  I have to admit, it was hard for me to focus on taking some family photos at times because I am a huge animal lover and wanted to "ooh" and "aah" at the animals along with Jessica, Brian and Saniya.  But I had to make sure to interact and pose with these three cuties as much as possible to get some stellar photos!  My favorites at the zoo are definitely the laughing photos where Jessica, Brian and Saniya are being total goofballs.

The latter part of our session took place at the Bishops Garden at the National Cathedral, and Jessica, Brian and Saniya made sure to change into some really gorgeous outfits for a more formal look (I admittedly was a little obsessed with Jessica's orange vintage fascinator)!  I was really excited that the garden was pretty lush and green, and even had a few tree blossoms to work with (our session was before the summer weather had set in!).  My favorite photo from the garden was of Brian and Jessica in the stone doorway about to kiss, but runners up of course are going to be the photos with the three of them acting sassy and hilarious.  These three really know how to turn out some gorgeous photos, and I'm sure you understand how hard it was for me to narrow them down!

Jessica, Brian and Saniya, thank you so much for joining me in such a fun family engagement session!  I can't wait for the wedding later this year so I can photograph your smiling faces again!  Enjoy!
















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Julia Turns One - A Falls Church Family Session!

So you may remember my previous post with Anne of Graceful Weddings (I did a family session with her son, Cole, and husband, Ben!).  Well meet the other part of Graceful Weddings, Anna!  Anna scheduled a session with me recently for her adorbs daughter, Julia.  Julia just turned one recently, so we had to take some photos of her looking super cute and also very birthday girl-like!  :)  So I met with Anna, Dallas and Julia at their home in Falls Church for a little photo shoot to commemorate the occasion! Julia is soooooooo cute and ridiculously high-energy!  We took some shots of her outside on a blanket first, and of course after sitting for a bit, she had to crawl around.  Do not think that Julia likes grass from these photos, because she does not! We did try and put her down in just grass and she just hated the texture, so back on the blanket she went!  She did stand up all by herself like a big girl until she decided to crawl again.  I'm told that Julia has actually taken her first steps since these photos, which is just incredible!  We did get some other family shots while we were outside before it actually started crazy storming, and I love the family shot of Anna, Dallas and Julia all together!

Inside the house, I got some shots of Julia playing with her toys.  I don't know what it is about kids and their toys, I swear, I could watch them play with toys for hours.  Maybe it's their little hands and big eyes trying to figure everything out, but I just become mesmerized!  Julia apparently is very good with round objects at the moment, and has memorized the slots that they belong in.  She's so smart!  After playtime, we went upstairs to the kitchen to commemorate her birthday with a Georgetown Cupcake!  At first, Julia looked very wide-eyed at it, like she really wanted it, but then she kind of had a meltdown and we didn't know why.  Turns out, Julia really wanted supper, and not in the form of a cupcake.  So, Anna fed Julia with some peas and carrots first, and after that Julia moved on to the cupcake for dessert!  She looked awesome eating her cupcake, and the second to last photo of her made me laugh so hard I almost cried.  Every kid deserves to smash a cupcake up and get it all over themselves!

Many thanks to Anna, Dallas and Julia for letting me come over and photograph the fam!  I had such a blast and I hope you like the photos.  And if anyone out there is in the market for a wedding planner, definitely contact Graceful Weddings!  Anna and Anne are two amazing ladies, and actually just added a third gal to their biz, Lauren!  I met all of them last night to see Bridesmaids together, and we had a blast.  They're just really great people!  :)  Enjoy!  And HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JULIA!

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Cole Turns Two - An Old Town, Alexandria Family Session!

One of the perks of being a wedding photographer is getting to meet so many great vendors along the way.  I first worked with Anne of Graceful Weddings two years ago (wow, I can't believe it's been two years!).  I've seen she and her sidekick, Anna, at events in 2010, and we just finished one in January of 2011 as well!  They're two of the nicest, most organized women in the industry, and I'm so glad I get to work with them! I knew both women had kids, and Anne recently contacted me to see if I could do portraits of their stinkin' adorable son, Cole!  Cole just turned two over the weekend (happy birthday, buddy!) so Anne and husband, Ben, decided they wanted to document Cole turning the big 2 and also get some family shots in!

We decided to meet on a warm day in Old Town, Alexandria, and just walk around to see what Cole liked.  It turns out that Cole really likes going up brick steps, hiding in wrought iron, going up to doors (of the blue variety) and knocking, and he likes running toward people!  He's a very social little guy, and it completely shows in the photographs.  We circled around some blocks in Old Town, but Cole knew the end result was going to be...ice cream!  As a little birthday celebration, we stopped in at Pop's Old Fashioned Ice Cream so Cole could eat some delicious strawberry ice cream.  I have to say, watching Cole eat was one of the most adorable things I've ever seen.  Anne and Ben had to help Cole with his giant bowl (he's only two, of course), and I think we got some really great shots of the three of them as well!

I asked Anne last night if she had any thoughts on Cole turning two, and this is what she said:  "Ben and I are so proud of the hilarious and sweet little boy he is becoming!  He was a month early (born on tax day and came home from the NICU on earth day) and he is still in a hurry all the time, to this day, always a step ahead of us.  :)  Oh yeah, and we triple puffy heart love Lisa Boggs!  :D"

So cute!  Thanks to Anne, Ben and Cole for such a fun day in Old Town!  Happy birthday, Cole!  :)

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Jason, Katie and Blake's Family Cherry Blossom Session!

Yay!  It's time for Cherry Blossoms!  Okay, so I know that most of the blossoms are gone now, but not for me!  I've been looking at these photos of Jason, Katie and Blake for a while now, and I can't wait to show them! Katie is a fellow photographer I met recently at a networking event, and I was ecstatic when she asked if I would do family portraits for them!  She is a portrait photographer herself, so I felt like I had a lot to live up to!  When coming up with ideas for where to go, I really thought heading down to the Cherry Blossom's would be a lot of fun.  I always see photographers down their with engaged couples, but for some reason the idea of photographing a family there seemed really cool to me.  Especially with Blake, who is about a year-and-a-half old.  This would be his first Cherry Blossom experience, ever!  How cute is that?!

So, we all met down there on a Sunday morning to take the photos.  It was a really cold day, and we had to battle the Cherry Blossom 5K going on as we were all trying to meet up!  Amongst the craziness, we made everything work, and I really enjoyed the shots we got.  Jason and Katie were absolutely amazing with Blake, and new exactly all the games to play to make him laugh and have a great time.  Blake of course was adorable, whether smiling or not!  And we did sneak in a few shots of just Jason and Katie while Blake rocked it out to some music on Jason's phone.  So cute!  I have a special video I took of him rocking out at the end.  Hope everyone enjoys the photos!


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Aaron, Mindy and Raegan's Family Portrait Session!

It's been a little over a year since I've seen this delightful family!  Raegan has grown so much and is as cute as ever!  The last time I saw her she was a mere three months old, which is crazy!  So when Mindy wanted to get together to do some family portraits, I was super excited to get to hang out with them all again!  The fam was nice enough to pack it up and come see me in Great Falls, and we went to a nearby playground where Raegan had a blast!  I'm not sure what was more fun to Raegan: the swing, the merry-go-round, or her dad throwing her up in the air.  By a smile rating, it's a tough call, but I'm going to go with "dad throwing her up in the air."  Ha ha!  Weigh in below with what you think!  Thanks to Aaron, Mindy and Raegan for a wonderful time!  Enjoy! raegan_1yr_portraits_1





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